Everton 2-2 Liverpool – Match Review

Everton came from two goals down to earn a draw in the first Merseyside derby of the season that certainly gave the punters value for money.

Luis Suarez had a shot deflected in by Leighton Baines after just 15 minutes, before heading home from a Steven Gerrard free kick to give the visitors a two goal lead inside 20 minutes and it appeared that the Reds were set to run away with the game.

Everton came back fighting though and it took Leon Osman just two minutes to halve to deficit as his strike was deflected past Liverpool ‘keeper Brad Jones. Steven Naismith then got on the end of a Marouane Fellaini low cross to score his first Everton goal and send the teams in level after a pulsating first half at Goodison Park.

It was a typically feisty derby and the usual suspects picked up mandatory yellow cards with Phil Neville even booked for diving just before the break.

The second half was just as frenetic but with much less quality as both managers made tactical changes in an attempt to win the game taking some of the pace out of the match with substitutes struggling to find their feet quickly after being introduced.

Chances at both ends were limited and the shaky goalkeepers were hardly tested in the second 45 minutes as the game ended two a piece, probably a fair result over the 90 minutes despite Suarez having a goal wrongly ruled out for offside in the dying seconds.


 


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